What is Continuing Education?

The AIA upholds an annual continuing education (CE) requirement as part of architect membership to encourage constant learning and growth. Members may receive learning units from a variety of platforms and affiliates offering AIA-approved programs, many available online for your convenience.

Continuing education is also required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as Maryland and the District of Columbia for those who hold a professional license in these locations. For more information about Virginia licensure, visit the Licensure Page.

AIA credits are accepted in all jurisdictions requiring continuing education.


Managing Continuing Education

AIAU is AIA National's online continuing education system. Members can log in to access transcripts, find upcoming seminars, learn about self-reported activities and check state licensing requirements throughout the US and Canada.

For state licensure related credits, view the Virginia State Law for a list of requirements.  If you hold a license in another state or jurisdiction, many have similar information posted online.

Earning Continuing Education

NoVA Education

AIA Northern Virginia

Available continuing education offerings are listed on the Chapter’s event calendar.
VA Education

AIA Virginia

Showcases continuing education programs available for credit within other Commonwealth Chapters via their Inform calendar, or choose to directly view the AIA Virginia calendar.
National Education

AIA National

Visit the official learning page AIAU  for a list of all available continuing education offerings. In addition, both members and non-members can obtain all their continuing education credits for the year in one place by attending the AIA Conference on Architecture.

Other Online Resources for Earning Continuing Education Credits:   

  • AIA|DC and AIA Potomac Valley: Neighboring Chapter’s Programs
  • AIA Contract Documents: Find a variety of high-quality educational resources to keep you knowledgeable about AIA Contract Documents.
  • AIA Trust: The AIA Trust develops webinars to assist you in your practice, most offering learning unit credits.
  • ARCHITECT: The AIA’s magazine, Architect, partners with Hanley Wood University to present hundreds of online continuing education courses created by leading specialists. AIA | HSW & | Elective, ASLA, GBCI, IDCEC, NAHB, NARI, and NKBA credits are available.